Here's all you need to know about the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship taking place at Congressional Country Club

It's time for the third women's Major of the season which comes just days after Matthew Fitzpatrick put on a masterclass to win his first Major at the 122nd U.S. Open.

Here's all you need to know, plus a few ones to watch at the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

2022 KPMG Women's PGA Fast Facts

  • Host: Congressional Country Club is hosting the KPMG Women's PGA Championship for the first time. However, this isn't the first Major it has hosted. Three U.S. Opens (1964, 1997 and 2011) have been played on the Blue Course, as well as one PGA Championship (1976). Congressional is also set to host the KPMG Women's PGA for a second time in 2027.
  • Past winners at Congressional: Although no women have won Majors on this course before, the winner this week will be following in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open) and Ernie Els (1997 U.S. Open).
  • Set-up: Blue Course at Congressional will be set to 6,894 yards and will play to a par 72. The yardage for each round of the championship may vary due to course setup and conditions.
Congressional Course set up
  • Field: 156 golfers, from 27 countries, 72 holes of stroke play will be cut after 36 holes to the low 70 scorers (and ties). In the event of a tie for first place after 72 holes, there will be a hole-by-hole play-off, beginning on 18. If a tie still remains, the play-off will advance to 17 and 18 until a winner is determined.
  • Purse: The purse has doubled for 2022, reaching a total of $9 million, with the winner's cheque also doubling to $1.35 million.
  • Champion: The champion will get their hands on the KPMG Women's PGA Championship trophy and an exemption from qualifying for the next five ANA Inspirations, AIG Women's Opens, U.S. Women's Opens and Evian Championships.
  • Current champion: After a hard-fought battle on the final day between Nelly Korda and Lizette Salas, it was Korda who came out on top with a three-shot win to take home her first Major trophy.
Nelly Korda KPMG Women's PGA Championship
Nelly Korda 2021 KPMG Women's PGA Champion - image credit Getty Images

About Congressional Country Club

Congressional opened in May 1924 to provide members of the U.S. Congress with a place where they could meet socially. Located in Bethesda, Maryland the club is located just 12 miles northwest of the U.S. Capitol Building. The course was originally designed by Devereux Emmet, but since its opening, the course has more than once undergone extensive changes.

The course has changed a lot since then and after a 20-month redesign by golf course architect Andrew Green, is largely unrecognisable to the test that past Major champions like McIlroy have faced.

Through Green’s redesign, an extensive number of trees were removed, fairways were widened, greens were rebuilt, and nearly 50 acres of natural areas added throughout. In opening up the layout, wind has become more a factor and made the clubhouse visible from nearly every point of the golf course.

Player stories of the week

Danielle Kang

Danielle Kang the 2017 KPMG Women's PGA Champion is a noticeable absentee this week. The 29-year-old revealed at the U.S. Women's Open earlier this month that she had been diagnosed with a tumour on her spine. Not much is know but at the time she said:

"I've gone through a lot of procedures so far, and with the process of elimination we are narrowing it down. It's going to take time."

Kang did make the cut at the U.S. Women's Open and finished in a tie for 63rd. We wish Danielle well and hope to see her back on a golf course soon.

Nelly Korda

In March, Nelly Korda announced on Instagram that she would be taking a break from golf due to a blood clot in her arm. After surgery and recuperation, Korda made her come back at the U.S. Women's Open, where she finished 8th.

The 23-year-old followed that with a second-place finish last week, where she narrowly missed out on defending her Meijer LPGA Classic title when she lost in three-way play-off with Leona Maguire and eventual winner Jennifer Kupcho.

We speculated what the health scare and time away from competitive golf would do to the world number two's game, but so far it doesn't seem to have impacted it at all. Definitely one to watch this week.

Jennifer Kupcho

Jennifer Kupcho win Chevron 1
Jennifer Kupcho Chevron Champion - image credit LPGA/Getty Images

The 2022 Chevron Champion comes into this week after winning a play-off against Nelly Korda and Leona Maguire. Since her first Major and LPGA win at the beginning of April, Kupcho has had 4 Top-20 finishes to add to her win from last week. With only a 40th place in U.S. Women's Open, she'll be looking to bring back some Major form to this third Major of the year.

Minjee Lee

Minjee Lee 2022 U.S. Women's Open Champion
Minjee Lee 2022 U.S. Women's Open Champion - image credit USGA

It's not only Major champions who can win again on the biggest stage but as it is only three weeks since the U.S. Women's Open, we have to mention Minjee Lee. Lee walked away with the biggest first prize in women's golf when she put on a dominant final round to win by four shots at Pine Needles Golf and Lodge Club. We're sure she'll be in the mix at the top of the leaderboard this week.

Others to watch

England's Bronte Law is returning to America after winning the Aramco Team Series individual event after holing a monster eagle putt at the last. She beat Georgia Hall by one shot. Both will be looking to build on their performances from last week.

Just because Jin Young Ko hasn't won a tournament since March, it does not mean that you can discount the world number one. When she is on form, she is difficult to beat. She has two top-10 and two top-20 finishes in her last four starts which includes finishing fourth at the U.S. Women's Open.

Groups and Tee times

Here's a full list of who will be playing this week.

You can see all KPMG Women's PGA Championship Round One and Round Two tee times here.

How to watch the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Disappointingly, there isn't a lot of television coverage of this Major. In the UK, you can watch live coverage of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Sky Sports Mix, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf.

UK TV Schedule (All times BST)
First Round: Thursday, June 23 5pm – 8pm Sky Sports Golf/Mix
Second Round: Friday, June 24 5pm – 8pm Sky Sports Golf/Mix
Third Round: Saturday, June 25 6pm – 9pm Sky Sports Mix
Final Round: Sunday, June 26 6pm – 9pm Sky Sports Mix and Main Event (7-9pm)

US Television Schedule (All times EDT)

First Round: Thursday, June 23 11am – 3pm Golf Channel
Second Round: Friday, June 24 11am – 3pm Golf Channel
Third Round: Saturday, June 25 1pm – 4pm NBC
Final Round: Sunday, June 26 1pm – 4pm NBC

Follow the KPMG Women's PGA Championship live leaderboard link here (when live).